TAFT – An try to return to the Ultimate 4 of males’s soccer seemed promising within the first half for Hartnell School.

Then the momentum modified when host Taft scored two second-half targets on Saturday to finish the Panthers’ goals with a 2-1 win.

Hartnell, who fell in final fall’s state title sport 2-1 to Mt. Sac, had gone 10-0-3 in his final 13 video games, avenging a earlier season loss to Cosumnes River within the second spherical of the CCCAA playoffs on Tuesday.

The Coast Convention South champions (15-3-3) entered the battle undefeated on the highway this yr at 7-0-1. Hartnell’s solely different lack of the season was to Cerritos 21-1-2 on Sept. 2, which feels Saturday in opposition to defending state champion Mt. Sac.

“We simply missed a bit,” Hartnell coach Daniel Ortega mentioned.

North Salinas graduate Bryon Mendoza gave the Panthers a 1-0 first-half lead along with his first purpose of the season, because of an help from North County product Raul Magos.

Taft, who’s 9-0-2 in his final 11 video games, surrounded ahead Alex Bedolla, who entered the sport sixth within the state in targets with 21 for Hartnell.

“It seemed like they’d 5 guys round him,” Ortega mentioned.

Ranked No. 8 within the state, the Central Valley Convention champions have been a thorn within the facet of the Panthers within the playoffs, after knocking them out in the identical spherical in 2017 with a 2-0 victory.

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